Spennymoor Town have released a goalkeeper and signed a goalkeeper all in the space of four days.
Summer signing Andrew Rafferty has had his contract cancelled by mutual consent and has now left the club permanently.
Meanwhile, Moors have been quick to replace the stopper with young prospect Ben Smith from Newcastle United’s Under 23s squad.
The 19-year-old Gateshead native has joined Spennymoor on work experience until the end of the season to bag some game time in the fast-paced Northern Premier League Premier Division.
Jason Ainsley, Manager of Spennymoor Town, said: “We’d like to thank Andrew Rafferty for the effort he’s put in since joining Spennymoor last summer. Unfortunately sometimes moves just don’t work in football. We wish him luck with his career and hope he finds somewhere he can settle.
“We had to replace Andrew in the squad quickly, so we’re pleased to have secured Ben’s services for the rest of the season. He’s a talented young goalkeeper and he’ll certainly get his chance to impress at The Brewery Field.”
Smith is the second exciting youngster from Tyneside to have joined the Moors’ squad this season, along with Gateshead FC’s Thomas White. The midfielder has impressed on the pitch and enjoyed his football to an extent that he has extended the length of his loan at The Brewery Field.
Smith is not expected to be in contention for tomorrow’s trip to Halesowen, however should be an option from next week onwards.
The 6ft 2in stopper is also the second player to join Spennymoor on a work experience placement this week. Huddersfield Town’s young centre back Callum Elliott is now a week into his placement and has impressed in training, giving Jason Ainsley something to think about for his match day squad selection.